Moral equivalence theory in neonatology

Title

Moral equivalence theory in neonatology

Creator

Lin M; Vitcov GG; Cummings CL

Publisher

Seminars in Perinatology

Date

2022

Subject

Humans; Decision Making; Infant, Newborn; Withholding Treatment; Morals; Neonatology

Description

This article explores the ethical concept of "the equivalence thesis" (ET), or the idea that withdrawing and withholding life sustaining treatments are morally equivalent practices, within neonatology. We review the historical origins, theory, and clinical rationale behind ET, and provide an analysis of how ET relates to literature that describes neonatal mode of death and healthcare professional and parent attitudes towards end-of-life care. While ET may serve as an ethical tool to optimize resource allocation in theory, its clinical utility is limited given the complexity of end-of-life care decisions.

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Citation List Month

August 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Lin M; Vitcov GG; Cummings CL, “Moral equivalence theory in neonatology,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 28, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18180.

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